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What to do if your child is bitten by a dog over the holidays

During the holiday season, it is common for people to visit relatives and friends, which often puts them in situations where they will interact with unfamiliar dogs. Unfortunately, if dogs are aggressive or feel as though their space is threatened, they can attack. Unfortunately, children are often bitten in these situations, since they are smaller and less likely to be cautious around animals they’ve never met or spent much time with.

When dogs attack, they can leave children physically and emotionally scarred for a lifetime. As a parent, you may also be suffering emotionally as you watch your child deal with their injuries. Fortunately, you have legal options for getting compensation for your child’s medical expenses and other losses after a vicious attack, even if the dog’s owner is a close friend or family member. 

Keep in mind that most homeowners’ insurance policies provide coverage in the event that a pet harms someone, so you could potentially recover the compensation you need, without signficant impact on the dog’s owners’ finances. Be sure to reach out to an experienced New York injury lawyer to learn more and to discuss your specific situation.  

What Compensation Might I Recover on Behalf of My Child?

Depending on the specifics of your child’s case, you  may be able to recover significant compensation through the homeowner’s insurance, commercial insurance, or even the auto insurance of the dog’s owner. Seeking compensation is your legal right and is often in the best interest of your injured child. Potential compensation may include:

  • Medical bills
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Travel costs for treatment
  • Pain, suffering, and mental anguish
  • Related property damage (such as clothing or other personal items damaged during the attack)

Working with an attorney can ensure you and your loved ones recover the full and fair compensation you deserve, while also (hopefully)  preserving the close ties to the friend, neighbor, or family member who owned the aggressive animal. 

Contact a New York dog bite lawyer for help

If your child was bitten by a dog this holiday season, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experienced attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP for help right away. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation today. 


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